Namah Te from Saint Louis!
i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!
i am sitting at a kitchen table, drinking a fresh cup of black coffee, watching two children engage in imaginary games, thinking of all of you and enjoying winter.
ENJOYING WINTER??? Yes, enjoying winter…
There is so much art in winter. Let’s take a slow walk together through the museum of winter, with our E-Vichara…
E-Vichara (January 25, 2016) — A Winter Wonderland
- Winter is harsh – intense heat is annoying, intense cold is painful – winter creates a condition of precariousness encouraging us to be more proactive (i.e. warming one’s car), more aware (i.e. walking carefully), more disciplined (i.e. not complaining, not criticizing, not crying)
- Winter is uniform – when a neighbourhood is covered in snow, big houses and small houses evolve to just be houses – when a downtown is covered in snow, better physiques and worse physiques disappear underneath hats and boots, coats and gloves
- Winter is fresh – stepping outside for the first time in the day one breathes in energy – feeling outside for the first time in the day one invokes toughness
- Winter is clear – the pinks of the sunrise and the purples of the sunset are accentuated by the cold air holding the clouds still – the light of the stars and moon is brighter in winter, as if these celestial bodies are closer to us allowing us to see their smiles more fully
- Winter is soft – sitting inside near a window, observing winter unfold outside, the mind becomes quiet as if one is watching a movie – the snowflakes falling down and around us are ever in motion yet we never really feel them
- Winter is quiet – as we walk on the snow or even just stand outside, the snow absorbs all of the noise of the world – experiencing winter, our gratitude for all the seasons grows
Winter is alright…
Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW):
You know what i am going write (hahaha!)…try to experience all the sights and sounds of winter described in our E-Vichara.
Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):
- In 2014 we organized our first Understanding Marriage Retreat. We explored all of the steps of a Vedic Vivaha and how this trains us for the Joy of Change!
- In 2015 we organized our second Understanding Marriage Retreat. We explored a special section of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’s Chapter 3 and how this trains us for the Joy of Giving!
- In 2016 we are organizing our third Understanding Marriage Retreat. We are going to explore a unique section of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’s Chapter 9 to train us for the Joy of Harmony!
- Just as an attorney, a realtor, etc. need to engage in Continued Professional Development (CPD) to keep up with their professions, i feel every seeker revolving around marriage should engage in annual training on the vision of marriage…
-Understanding Marriage Retreat: The Joy of Harmony with Vilasiniji, Shailajaji and myself — for those married/unmarried between 25-55 (with childcare) — Mar 24-27 in Orlando, Florida — website
Finally, Sheela/i have been happily vegan (or as Indians pronounce this, vagan hahaha!) for a couple of weeks now. Actually, many of you have emailed me sharing you are taking up the cause (vegan is not consuming any animal products for someone had asked if we can still eat soy sauce hahaha!) too. Awesome…
"Live, live in the present. Think not of the past or the future. If one attains this state of dispassion, one’s mind will get fixed upon God." ~ Swami Tapovanam
(each of the below links are forums for further reflection)
Chinmaya Mission Niagara
Chinmaya Mission West
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West
Chinmaya International Foundation
UNTO HIM OUR BEST
Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandaji’s Birth Centenary Celebrations